Northern Ireland is a ‘smartphone society’, according to the 2015 Ofcom Communications Market Report. So, with us being such active users, the need to keep our smartphones, and indeed other devices, secure is of great importance.
Cyber threats which are targeting mobile devices are on the rise. For example, the number of users who have fallen victim to mobile ransomware between April 2014 and March 2016 has increased drastically, as shown below.
With this alarming statistic in mind, we have put together our top five tips for keeping your mobile device secure
1. Lock it – securely
Modern devices come with several different methods of locking screen. These include swiping, using a pin, using a pattern, using a password and, on the more modern devices, using your finger print. These have been listed from least secure to most secure and we would of course recommend using finger print technology (if your device has the functionality), or a complex password.
2. Use Anti–virus
There are many reliable, and free, anti–virus apps for mobile devices. With the sharp increase in threats to mobile devices, we are in an age when having AV on your mobile device is just as necessary as having it on your computer.
3. Don’t download apps from unknown sources
There is a reason these apps are not listed in the official market place. By downloading apps from unknown sources, you are opening your device up to potential attacks. This would also be the case if you jailbreak/root your device.
4. Be cautious of public Wi–Fi networks
Anybody can access public Wi–Fi (hence the term ‘public’) and using such networks can therefore increase the risk of someone accessing your device. Your safest bet is to use 4G when you are out and about.
5. Think before you click
As you would with your computer, exercise caution when clicking on links or opening attachments on your mobile device, particularly those coming from people you don’t know or appearing on sites you are not familiar with.
If you would like any more information or advice on keeping your mobile device – or your company’s network secure, please feel free to get in touch.